Resounding success of the EPSU social services working group

(23 October 2014) More than 50 representatives from 22 European countries attended the EPSU working group on Social Services on October 8th. EPSU, the most representative European organisation in that sector, is working hard on social services to improve the conditions and quality of work in that sector. This growing sector lacks regulation and EPSU trade unions are increasing their cooperation to ensure that international solidarity has a real meaning for trade union members and workers in Europe. As the [case of Spanish migrant workers in Germany shows->], EPSU can play a vital role in improving workers' terms and conditions and in supporting affiliates in the coordination of their activities to defend migrant workers' rights and in their cooperation. Social services is a sector that includes household services, childcare, elderly care, etc and EPSU is discussing with the relevant stakeholders at the European level to ensure full protection for workers, patients and those that enjoy a quality public service so there are no abuses. In order to do that EPSU has been involved in the PESSIS II project on social dialogue in the field of social services. The meeting assessed the outcomes of [the project->] as well as the conclusions and recommendations from the [PESSIS 2 Project Final Conference->], 23 September 2014, Brussels and from EPSU's [Informal Trade Union Contact Meeting->], 22 September 2014, Brussels. On Personal and Household Services (PHS) and social services, another major part of that sector, there was a short update on a project to set up a European Platform on PHS, involving EPSU among others, that will start in November 2014. EPSU will continue to profile the importance of these sectors and their members in our societies and highlight the fact that these jobs should be quality jobs for quality public services.